A Smile in the Mind’s Eye – Book Review

Lawrence Durrell had a lifelong interest in and sympathy for the philosophy of Taoism. Since he read the Tao Te Ching which contains a description of the great motor of the universe and its works, he felt that it was what he believed in. The first half of this short book covers the visit ofContinue reading “A Smile in the Mind’s Eye – Book Review”

Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp – Book Review

Polish artist and soldier Jozef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu to life for an audience of prison inmates in a series of lectures. Czapski gave these lectures entirely from memory. He and the inmates were in a Soviet prisoner-of-war camp. They were the lucky ones as the Soviet authorities killedContinue reading “Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp – Book Review”

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms – Book Review

A wonderful book about the author’s interactions with seven lesser-known religions. These religions are: the Christian Copts in Egypt, the Kalasha in the remote northern valleys of Pakistan, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Druze in Lebanon, the Samaritans in Israel, the Mandaeans of Iraq and the Yazidis of Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia. Gerard RussellContinue reading “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms – Book Review”

The Baltics and Poland

I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. I travel because my own father always said he would travel after he’d retired, but he never got the chance because he died from cancer when he was 49. I travel for him when I go to places as well asContinue reading “The Baltics and Poland”

Travels through History – Armenia

I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. If you are interested in history and / or travel then you should check out these books. Please bear in mind the books are travelogues rather than travel guides and so cover only the places I visited. Here is the oneContinue reading “Travels through History – Armenia”

Travels through History – The Balkans

I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. If you are interested in history and / or travel then you should check out these books. Please bear in mind the books are travelogues rather than travel guides and so cover only the places I visited. Here is the oneContinue reading “Travels through History – The Balkans”

Travels through History – Avignon

Extract from the book ‘Travels through History : France” available here Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse, On y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse tous en rond On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in aContinue reading “Travels through History – Avignon”

Newcastle – Segudunum and The Metro.

An excerpt from the book: Travels through History – North-East England The Newcastle Metro is a wonderful system that connects most of Newcastle to the airport and the coastal towns of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields, and South Shields – collectively known as The Coast – plus Sunderland, Hebburn, and Jarrow. It’s also rather cheapContinue reading “Newcastle – Segudunum and The Metro.”

Travels through History – 9 Greek Islands

I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. If you are interested in history and / or travel then you should check out these books. Please bear in mind the books are travelogues rather than travel guides and so cover only the places I visited. Here is the oneContinue reading “Travels through History – 9 Greek Islands”

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland.

I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. If you are interested in history and / or travel then you should check out these books. Please bear in mind the books are travelogues rather than travel guides and so cover only the places I visited. Here is the aboutContinue reading “Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland.”